Report on Conference: Libraries and the new Junior Cycle

The SLARI Conference which was held in Pearse Street Library on Friday 22nd November had as its theme the new Junior Cycle.  

Annette Honan of the NCCA gave an outline of the key skills that will be required of students in the new Junior Certificate.  Click here:

Mick O’Riordan, Regional Advisor to the JCSP, told us of some great ideas that are currently being done by librarians in schools all over the country.

Conference Friday 22nd November in Pearse Street Library on “Libraries and the New Junior Cycle”. All welcome. Click for details.

SLARI Conference

“Libraries and the New Junior Cycle”

22nd November  2013

Pearse Street Library

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.


Click for brochure and booking form:

SLARI November Conference 2013 brochure

SLARI November    Conference 2013 booking form

Bringing to Book. Sheena Wilkinson in CICE

Dr Sheena Wilkinson, the inaugural writer-in-residence formally launched the Bringing to Book project with an inspirational talk entitled ‘Children’s Books Saved My Life’, at the Church of Ireland College of Education on Tuesday, 8 October.

Sheena’s inspirational talk traced her journey from being the child who loved reading and writing to the adult professional writer she is today.  Speaking to academics and librarians active in the field of children’s literature and to students post-graduate and under-graduate of children’s literature and initial teacher education, Sheena recreated her childhood love of reading and writing stories. She shared her early efforts at creating stories and how important her teacher, local library and librarian and of course, her parents had been in supporting and encouraging this creativity.

With this image of the child reader/writer in mind Sheena urged the undergraduate B. Ed. students in the audience to do everything they could to be the significant teacher who will encourage that spark of creativity in the children they will teach during their career.

Sheena will be on-campus in Dublin two days per week during this academic year, she will be attending Bookfest events around the country this month and for anyone interested in finding out more about ‘Bringing to Book’ and the residency, Sheena can be contacted at .



SLARI AGM and Launch of Literacy Document ‘Practical Literacy in Irish School Libraries’ – 18 April 2013

The SLARI AGM will take place on Thursday evening 18 April 2013 in Pearse Street Library, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

The AGM will be directly followed by the launch of our literacy publication, ‘Practical Literacy in Irish School Libraries’, which will include a wine reception sponsored by Interleaf.

The evening will proceed as follows:

6:00 pm:   Registration
6:15 pm:   SLARI AGM
6:30 pm:   Launch of literacy document, ‘Practical Literacy in Irish School Libraries’
This event is free of charge for SLARI members to attend.
Please confirm your attendance by emailing by Tuesday 16 April 2013.


November Conference 2012 – 23 November 2012 – Libraries leading literacy

‘Libraries leading literacy’

The November  SLARI Conference was held on Friday 23rd November 2012 in Pearse Street Library.  A copy of the brochure  can be downloaded  here.  For programme details see below:

9:30 am           Registration

10:00 am         Jean Allen – Get them reading: literacy

strategies in the secondary school

11:00 am         Coffee break

11:30 am         Statia Somers – Whole school literacy programme.

You can download Statia’s powerpoint presentation here.

You can download Statia’s reading promotion ideas here.

1:00 pm           Seminar closes


IES will have a bookstand at the Conference.

We would like to offer two free places to unemployed librarians and one free place to a student.  First come, first served – so please email the Secretary to secure your place:  If you have any queries at all please contact the Secretary.

Attending this Conference is a good opportunity to meet other school librarians.


24th March 2012 – Spring Seminar and AGM 2012 – The Unquiet Library: Literacy and Numeracy Strategies

Saturday 24th March 2012 – Spring Seminar and AGM 2012

SLARI’s 2012 AGM and Spring Seminar, entitled ‘The Unquiet Library: Literacy and Numeracy Strategies’, took place on Saturday 24th March 2012 in the JCSP Library in Larkin Community College. The theme of this conference was literacy and numeracy strategies that could be used in a library setting.

The day began with the SLARI AGM then Conor Kostick gave a workshop on how creative writing can work with students. After a coffee break the focus turned to other subjects and topics that could be promoted in the library, among these Maths/Science, History and games. Michael Moylan spoke aboutIrish History Live and how this works in promoting History to students. Christine Campbell from Anyone4Maths spoke about her Maths and Science workshops. School librarians from SLARI talked about initiatives that work in their libraries. There was also be a display of games available for delegates to look at and try out and I.E.S. provided the bookshop for the day.

It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the library to a lot of librarians who were quite unfamiliar with the JCSP libraries and the JCSP programme. Many of them were really impressed and were in touch afterward looking for additional information about what we do in our libraries.

You can download the brochure here.

Many thanks to our sponsors Interleaf Technology and International Education Services.

19th November 2011 – November Conference – Promoting Literacy with e-readers and Technology

Saturday 19th November 2011 – SLARI Conference

Our November conference took place on Saturday 19th November 2011 in St. Michael’s College, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4. The theme of the conference was: ‘Promoting Literacy with e-readers and Technology’. Tom Donegan from Inis magazine attended the conference and you can see his review here.

Coleesa Humphreys spoke about South Dublin Libraries’ experience with e-readers. Charles Quain from Interleaf Technology spoke to participants about Overdrive and how it works to provide e-books and audio books to libraries. Some school librarians, Jenny Mangan, Larkin Community College, Helen O’Kelly, Stratford College and Jane O’Loughlin, Clongowes Wood, shared initiatives that they have used in their libraries to promote literacy using e-readers and technology. Finally the highlight of the day was an iPad workshop with Ciarán McCormack (the Creative Director of FÍS – Films in School Project) on ways of promoting literacy with iPads. The iPads for this workshop were very kindly supplied by Typetec Ltd.

The conference was a great success and we received a lot of positive feedback from delegates. Many thanks to our sponsors The Book Nest and Interleaf Technology.

Past Events


The SLARI 2011 AGM and conference, entitled “Awards and rewards: promoting reading in innovative ways”, took place on Friday 13th May 2011 in Pearse St Library.

You can download the brochure here and view photos from the conference here.

Resources: Clues for the Library Murder Mystery and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.


The SLARI Spring Conference, “Guiding Gullible Googlers” with Geoff Dubber, was held in Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2 on Friday 4th February 2011.

The conference was a great success and we received a lot of positive feedback from delegates. Many thanks to our sponsors The Book Nest and Interleaf Technology.

Geoff Dubber’s slides from the conference can be found here and accessed with the following code ILSSecSLARI0211. Photos from the conference are here.


9:30 am
10:00 am
More than Google: Developing information literacy skills in a library and curriculum context.
11:15 am
11:45 am
Read it and put it in your own words! A focus on note making/plagiarism
1:00 pm
1:45 pm
Upskilling: Examining ways in which a range of skills can be developed through library policies and practices.
3:00 pm
Conference closes

You can download the brochure here.


The Spring Conference, entitled “Secrets for Success : Activities that work for School Libraries”, took place at the National Library on Friday 16th April 2010. The aim of the day was to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to highlight best practice in various types of school libraries.


Workshop 1 – Starting your library from Scratch.* Speaker: Jane O’Loughlin has set up a school library in a mixed JCSP school in Waterford and in an all boys school in Kildare – Clongowes.
Workshop 2 – Creating a website for your library.* Speaker: Erol Mustafov
Workshop 3 – Clubs and activities that entertain, educate and boost the Library profile in the school – chaired by Aileen Ivory.
Our guest speaker, David Maybury, is a reader, writer, and blogger extraordinaire! He is also Reviews editor of Inís magazine, and judge for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards 2010. David will talk about starting a blog and the benefits of blogging in the world of children’s literature. His first book, ‘Habberdashed’, will be out in May. You can check out David’s blog here
Seminar closes



This year’s November seminar featured guest speaker Nicola Morgan, author ofBlame my brain: the amazing teenage brain revealed. Nicola Morgan is an award-winning author who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is best known for her critically acclaimed teenage novels, and her two popular books on the young brain: Blame My Brain and Know Your Brain. Find out more about Nicola Morgan’s biography and work here.

The Fascinating teenage brain: the science, the facts. Read more…
Working with the teenage brain: teachers, librarians and parents. Read more…
Writing for teenagers: getting them reading and why they read what they do.Read more…

Many thanks to our sponsors International Education Services, Interleaf and Ryco.


This year’s Spring Seminar entitled Teaching skills for school librarians took place in St Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Co. Dublin. Sharon Markless, renowned academic and lecturer at King’s College, London, presented the seminar on teaching skills.

Annual General Meeting
How do pupils learn to be information literate? This talk explored what influences the effectiveness of pupils’ learning and what is involved in the process. Read more…
This session covered the planning of an information literacy lesson, including effective group work, and assessing pupils’ learning. This was a practical session exploring how to set learning outcomes and successful learning activities. Have a look at our conference here …


The November conference entitled Every Child Matters: Inclusion in the School Library, was held on Saturday, 15th November 2008, at Tallaght Library, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

The Intercultural classroom and school: transferable paradigms – Mary Ryan.
Stimulating SEN Ideas: Planning for students with learning difficulties – Sally MacIntosh.
Gifted students: strategies and accommodations for advanced readers and learners – Leslie Graves MHAC.


The Spring Seminar, entitled Whole school approach to library development, was held on Saturday, 12th April 2008 in The Kings Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin 20. Our guest lecturer was Geoff Dubber. Geoff has 35 years of working with school libraries, 24 years of teaching and management in secondary and primary schools and 12 years experience as an independent consultant and trainer specialising in school library development. He is the author of many S.L.A. guidelines. Geoff is currently Vice Chair of the School Library Association.

Annual General Meeting
Working with Young People: Positive Behaviour Management
Honing your Management skills: Practical policy making and development planning for your school library


The November Conference, entitled: “Self-Directed Learning: School Libraries supporting the Curriculum”, was held on the 23rd and 24th November 2007 in the Church of Ireland College of Education, Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.

Friday, 23 November 2007: Official launch of our website

Our website was officially launched by Gervase Phinn, President of the School Library Association. Gervase is a former UK teacher and school inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer. He has published many articles and books and edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections.

Saturday, 24 November 2007: Annual Conference

Information literacy and the younger reader – Valerie Coghlan, Librarian, CICE, Dublin
Information literacy: theory and practice – Ellen Breen, Librarian, Dublin City University
Curriculum reform and independent learning – Hal O’Neill, NCCA


The Spring Seminar, entitled Making the most of your school library, was held on Saturday, 24th March 2007 at Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

Unveiling of new SLARI website.
Parallel Perceptions: 3 approaches to delivering an information service in your school. The panel included:

  • Ann Lucas-school librarian of Muckross Park College, a secondary school in Dublin 4.
  • Eleanor Noonan – a member of the Parents Association at St. Gerard’s Primary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
  • Breege O’Brien – teacher/librarian in Scoil Damhnait, a secondary school in Achill, Co. Mayo.

A number of successful strategies were highlighted that are being used to maximise the relevance of the school library.

The Bigger Picture: a broader educational perspective on how the library can support the curriculum. This session was presented by Kevin McDermott, Co-ordinator for Leaving Certificate English, Second Level Support Service.


The November Conference, entitled: “Reading matters: developing readers in your school library ”, was held in Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6, on 11th November 2006.

Morning Session

The keynote speaker was Fiona Edwards from Opening the Book This was a very useful presentation and discussion about the individual needs of young readers when reading for pleasure and beyond the school curriculum.

Afternoon session

Jane O’Loughlin, JCSP Librarian, Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan (one of the schools participating in the Junior Certificate School Library Programme Demonstration Library Project) presented this session. The theme of her inspiring presentation “Non-readers and reluctant readers most welcome!” covered the multi-faceted nature of working with reluctant readers in her school library.

To round off the day, author Claire Hennessy talked about her writing.

A bookstall was provided by International Education Services.

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